Gene Elsworth Underwood Sr., age 89, a lifelong resident of Beards Fork, WV went home to be with the Lord on March 26, 2020, after a short illness.
Preceding him in death were parents, Irene and Estel Underwood; wife, Patsy Gail Perdue Underwood; daughter, Kathy Gene Underwood; son, Tom Wayne Underwood; brother, Bill Underwood; sister, Joann Brown; 8 brothers-in-law and 6 sisters-in-law.
Gene was survived by sons, Gene Underwood, Jr., and Phillip Underwood; daughter, Penny Atha and husband, Jackie Jr. all of Beards Fork; sister, Rosemary Jordan, of Ohio; brothers-in-law, Rodney Perdue of Powellton, Charlie Perdue of Powellton, Gary Dempsey of Michigan, Joe Atha of Kimberly, and Gary Burnside of Kincaid; sisters-in-law, Linda Perdue of Mount Carbon, Trudy Atha of Kimberly, Sherry Burnside of Kincaid and Mary Perdue of Mount Carbon; grandchildren, Megan Mallory, Terry Morton, Tony, Shana DeQuasie, Jessica Williams, Jacob Underwood, Emilie Underwood, Michael Atha, Cody Atha, Zachary Bickford, Joshua Bickford; and 14 great grandchildren.
Gene was raised by his grandparents, the late Phillip and Bertha Mae Williams (Maw & Paw).
First and foremost he loved the Lord with all his heart. A well respected member of the Robson Freewill Baptist Church, he held many jobs and was an Elder of the church. Gene loved each and every member and shared a special bond with his Pastor James Bowles.
Gene retired with 40 years service in the mines at Beards Fork and Cannelton. He was a member of the UMWA and president of his UMWA local. After retiring, he worked for the Fayette County Board of Education.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War being awarded the Purple Heart. Gene enjoyed hunting and fishing and very much enjoyed spending time and telling stories to his grandchildren. He will be very much missed by everyone.
A memorial Service will be held at a later date.
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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV